By NAN Contributor
News Americas, TORONTO, Canada, Tues. June 14, 2016: Canada is warning its nationals to “exercise a high degree of caution” when travelling to the CARICOM South American nations of Guyana and Suriname.
The new warnings issued on Monday June 13, 2016 are due to high crime levels in both countries, the Canadian government statement said.
In Guyana, which celebrated its golden jubilee of independence from Britain on May 26, 2016, the Canadian government warns nationals to be wary of assaults, pickpocketing, purse snatching, break-ins, armed robberies, car thefts and carjackings particularly in Georgetown, including Stabroek Market, Tiger Bay and South Georgetown.
The sea wall, from east of the Pegasus Hotel extending to Sheriff Street and adjacent areas, has been the site of several crimes and should be avoided after dark, the government statement warns.
They also warn nationals to avoid other dangerous areas include the East Coast Demerara region (especially near the villages of Buxton, Lusignan, Friendship and Annadale), the East Bank Demerara region and the New Amsterdam area. Violent attacks have also occurred on the road to and from Cheddi Jagan International Airport and on the Linden Highway, especially at night.
“Foreigners and returning Guyanese citizens are favourite targets for criminals. Canadians have been injured while being robbed at gunpoint, and some have reported being attacked after withdrawing money at financial institutions. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash,” the warning added. “Pay attention to your surroundings, especially when entering or leaving vehicles, residences and public places. Ensure that your personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times. Do not show signs of affluence. When approached by a police officer, always ask to see identification.”
Authorities are warning nationals of travel to Suriname.
“Banditry and lawlessness are a problem in the cities of Albina and Moengo, and along the East-West Highway between Paramaribo and Albina,” the statement said while warning nationals to travel at their own risk.
The Canadian government also said that The Palm Garden (“Palmentuin”) in the Dutch area of Paramaribo should be avoided after dark due to illicit activities and the lack of police presence and urged Canadians to be wary of violent and petty crime such as pickpocketing and robbery are common in the capital, Paramaribo, and outlying areas, especially in the major business and shopping districts.
“Foreigners are particularly targeted. Ensure that your personal belongings, passports and travel documents are secure at all times. Do not show signs of affluence. Avoid walking alone after dark outside the immediate vicinity of major hotels,” the statement added.